Sentences

Wayne Stuart Rogers was given an immediate custodial sentence totalling 2 years, less time already spent in custody, for nine counts of Hospital/care home staff ill treating patient

Alison Dove was given an immediate custodial sentence totalling 20 months, less time already spent in custody, for seven counts of Hospital/care home staff ill treating patient

Graham Doyle was given an immediate custodial sentence totalling 20 months for seven counts of Hospital/care home staff ill treating patient

Holly Laura Draper was given an immediate custodial sentence totalling 12 months for two counts of Hospital/care home staff ill treating patient

Sookalingum Appoo was given an immediate custodial sentence totalling 6 months for three counts of Hospital/care home staff neglecting patient

Kelvin Fore was given an immediate custodial sentence totalling 6 months for two counts of Hospital/care home staff neglecting patient

Michael Onyema Ezenagu was sentenced to a total of six months imprisonment, suspended for 2 years, plus 200 hours of unpaid work, for two counts of Hospital/care home staff ill treating a patient

Jason Gardiner was sentenced to a total of four months imprisonment, suspended for 2 years, plus 200 hours of unpaid work, for two counts of Hospital/care home staff ill treating patient

Daniel Brake was sentenced to a total of four months imprisonment, suspended for 2 years, plus 200 hours of unpaid work, for two counts of Hospital/care home staff ill treating patient

Neil Ferguson was sentenced to a total of six months imprisonment, suspended for 2 years, plus 200 hours of unpaid work, for one count of Hospital/care home staff ill treating patient

Charlotte Justine Cotterell was sentenced to a total of four months imprisonment, suspended for 2 years, plus 150 hours of unpaid work, for one count of Hospital/care home staff ill treating a patient

All defendants are also banned from engaging in activity with children and vulnerable adults.

All charges are contrary to section 127 (1) of the Mental Health Act 1983

Eleven sentenced for hate crimes at Winterbourne View

26/10/2012

Today at Bristol Crown Court, 11 former members of staff from Winterbourne View Hospital in Bristol were sentenced for subjecting patients to ill treatment and neglect.

Ann Reddrop, head of the Crown Prosecution Service's South West Complex Casework Unit, said: "Every member of society has the right to live free from intimidation and fear, but the offending that took place at Winterbourne View undermined that right in an appalling and systematically brutal way.  People who should have been able to trust their carers had that trust cruelly and repeatedly abused.

"The CPS treated these offences as disability hate crimes, crimes based on ignorance, prejudice and hate, and we brought this aggravating factor to the attention of the court. The CPS works closely with the police and other agencies to tackle hate crimes and will always prosecute where there is sufficient evidence and it is in the public interest to do so."

"Today's sentences send a clear message to those who believe there will be no consequences for their abuse of disabled people."

Chief Superintendent Louisa Rolfe, Head of CID, Avon and Somerset Police said: "Today, in sentencing these people, Judge Ford has recognised the inhumanity of their behaviour.

"There are no words to describe the horrific, vindictive treatment these offenders meted out to the vulnerable young adults of Winterbourne View. 

"They and their loved ones should have felt safe and secure in the knowledge they were being well cared for. Instead these vulnerable young people were subjected to the most extreme and persistent abuse.

"All hate crime is abhorrent and we will not tolerate it.  We will work with our safeguarding partners to address any lingering concerns about incidents that took place at Winterbourne View, and leave no stone unturned until we're satisfied that the victims and their families feel that justice has been done."

Note: This post was amended on 8 November 2012 to remove a reference to the basis of the defendants' sentences, which is a matter for the court.